Archive for June 11, 2009

Shelfari

You may have noticed a new addition to the TeenSpace blog – we’ve create a Shelfari widget with our newest teen books!

Check it out over here ——->
Our virtual bookshelf will continue to be updated as we get new books in.
Create your own at: http://www.shelfari.com/
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Teen Digital Book Project

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We need your creativity for our first digital book! We will be uploading your creative submissions to create a self-published keepsake book. Express yourself through writing, photography, artwork – we want it all! Informational meeting Tuesday, June 30. 3 – 4:00 PM in TeenSpace. Inquire at the TeenSpace Desk for more details or call
(516) 921-7161 x 242.
*All creative submissions can be emailed to Mrs. Long at syoteens@syossetpubliclibrary.org
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Teen Digital Book Project Q & A
Q. What exactly is it?
A. It’s a fancy way of saying that we’re creating a literary magazine in book format.
Q. So it’s a book? Do I have to write something?
A. Only if you like to write. The Digital Book will showcase teens’ creativity in multiple formats. You can submit drawings, paintings, photography, short stories, poetry … the list goes on.
Q. Okay then. How do I submit something?
A. Easy! If it’s already in a digital format (something you can email, like a digital photo or a Word document) just email it to syoteens@syossetpubliclibrary.org . From there I will add it to the book we are creating using a program called BookSmart.
Q. Uh oh, my artwork isn’t in a digital format. What now?
A. Not a problem. We have 2 options. We can take a digital photo of your artwork or if it is a smaller piece (the size of a piece of paper or smaller) we can photocopy and scan it.
Q. What happens after you have all the submissions?
A. The fun part – making the book. I will upload the submissions into the BookSmart program. We can choose fonts and layout options to make it look really professional. When it’s finished, we will upload the project unto Blurb.com and they will create the physical book for us.
Q. When do you need us to send you the submissions? I need some time to work on it!
A. No problem. I’d like to have the submissions by August 1 so we can play around with the layout a bit.
Q. I’d like to help with the layout, what can I do?
A. Great! Let me know if you are interested by emailing me at syoteens@syossetpubliclibrary.org. We will meet on Monday, August 17 at 7:00 in TeenSpace. We can schedule other meetings if need be. I’d like to have the book finished before school starts in September.
Q. I’m drawing a blank – what topics show I be writing about/photographing/drawing?
A. It’s really up to you, but to help you get some ideas and to help us organize the book into chapters, I have some prompts that you can use. If you need help, stop by TeenSpace to pick up some idea prompts or email me and I’ll send you some.
Q. What happens to the book once it’s finished?
A. The library will purchase a copy to add to the permanent collection and it will be available on Blurb.com for purchase if you want your own copy.
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Express Yourself

The summer is upon us, which means it’s time to think about Summer Reading! The 2009 Summer Reading theme for teens is Express Yourself @ Your Library.
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(Every year, it seems the theme uses the @ symbol, go figure!)
There are many ways to Express Yourself creatively – using music, creative writing, dance, theatre, photography,etc. This summer we hope to showcase our teen’s creativity with our Summer Programs.
Registration starts Monday, June 8th for Syosset School District teens.
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TEEN DIGITAL BOOK PROJECT. We need your creativity for our first digital book! We will be uploading your creative submissions to create a self-published keepsake. Express yourself through writing, photography, artwork – we want it all! Informational meeting Tuesday, June 30. 3 – 4:00 PM in TeenSpace. Free.
LAZY LETTERS with Joanne Insinga. Monday, June 29. 7-8:30 PM. Make easy “lazy letters” to design and address envelopes and note cards. Materials fee: $3.50. Registration in person is required.
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TWILIGHT MOVIE AND BOOK DEBATE. Monday, July 6. 6-8:30 PM. Join the world of Bella and Edward in the theater for the movie and stay to debate which was better: the book or the movie. Free.
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THE ART OF MUSIC with Ivy Bell-Bazer and Joe DePiola. Teens are invited (but not required) to bring in their musical instruments (guitar, drums, violin, etc.) and listen to other talented teens. We will then create an art project based on the instruments. Monday, July 13. 7 – 8 PM. Material Fee: $2.00. Registration in person is required.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP. Join author Thomas Fahy, author of The Unspoken for his workshop “Aliens, Ghosts, and Ten Gallon Hats: Reading and Writing in Your Favorite Genres.” Monday, July 27. 7-8 PM. Free.
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SUMMER READING WRAP UP PIZZA AND GUITAR HERO PARTY. Friday, August 7. Express yourself by rocking out with Guitar Hero! Pizza will be served at 6:30 PM. Guitar Hero will begin
at 7 PM. Summer Reading grand prize raffle drawings will be at 8:30 PM.
Sign up and Express Yourself this summer.
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian